Operation ‘Safe Surrender’ offers alternative to arrest in Pinellas

Operation 'Safe Surrender' in Pinellas County offers alternatives to people with outstanding non-violent warrants

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) – In order to avoid spending time behind bars, some peoples with outstanding warrants are choosing to spend their Saturday turning themselves in to law enforcement at the Suncoast Safety Council in St. Petersburg.

Operation Safe Surrender is an initiative put on by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the State Attorney’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, 6th Judicial Circuit Judges and the Clerk of the Courts.

After being notified by mail, those with non-violent misdemeanor warrants are encouraged to turn themselves in and resolve their warrants.

“This is in lieu of being arrested. They can come here we have partnered up with various agencies…to try and clear as many warrants as we can,” said Cecilia Barreda, a public information officer with the Pinnellas County Sheriff’s Office.

Matters can be settled up through a case continuance, case dismissal, or fine. In the past, Operation Safe Surrender has brought in as many as 114 individuals.

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